Fit Friends

by tinareale on May 16, 2013

Every week I like to share a blog I love. Get to know a bit more about Fiona and perhaps find a new blog to love! Join me in welcoming Fiona from Get Fit Fiona!

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Name and Blog: I’m Fiona and I blog over at Get Fit Fiona

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Sum up your blog: I write about my journey towards healthy living. I’d started my blog after losing some weight. I thought I’d share my achievements and struggles with others. I blog about everything from my meals to my soccer games, and everything in between. I’m definitely not always perfect, but I think that’s a part of being human – making the best choices I can in the moment.

What is your favorite way to stay fit? I’m not much of a gym person. I’d much rather be outside enjoying the nice weather walking in my favorite park by the river or hiking in the mountains. Last spring I started playing outdoor soccer for the first time and I ended up absolutely loving it! So my favorite workouts typically happen outside. It doesn’t really matter what I’m doing, as long as I’m outside.

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Do you have any current goals or recent accomplishments to share? I’ve found that having fitness and exercise goals has been a real confidence booster for me. It’s been a great way for me to expand my horizons and try new things that I wouldn’t have otherwise tried. With every new thing that I try or accomplish I get a little boost of confidence.

For me it’s all about taking baby steps and having lots of little victories. I think my favorite accomplishments have been stepping outside of my comfort zone - whether that means hiking up the side of a seemingly endless mountain, playing soccer my first season when I had no idea what I was doing, playing floor hockey with a group of people I didn’t know, or taking my first yoga class. All those things were intimidating and scary the first time, but once I’d done them I felt pretty good about myself.

What are 5 things you are passionate about?

  • Nature. As you already know, I love spending time outside. I find the outdoors awe inspiring. Everywhere I look when I’m on a hike in the mountains or walking by the river, I see beauty. I work with native plants, so it’s amazing to think that with all the care and attention I give plants in the greenhouse to get them growing. they do that all by themselves in the wild.
  • Being positive about yourself. I definitely struggled with low self esteem as a teen and into my early twenties. Looking back it’s amazing how much time and energy I wasted worrying about insignificant things. I try to always be positive when it comes to saying things about myself or my body. Instead of focusing on the negative, I look at my positive attributes, or make a plan to change the things I don’t like about myself.
  • Facing fears. It’s so easy for me to write something off as being too hard or scary, and immediately convince myself that I can’t do it. Yet every time I make it a point to overcome a fear, it turns out better than I expected. There’s so many things in life I would have missed out on if I hadn’t tried something that was intimidating.
  • Travelling. While I haven’t been anywhere very far lately, I love to travel. I’ve been to Europe twice so far, as well as extensively around Canada and the US. Ask me anything about my travels and you’ll have a hard time getting me to stop. I love getting to experience new cultures, languages, and foods. I might get lost, or not know what I’m eating, but I can guarantee I’m having tonnes of fun doing it.
  • Dispelling myths. There’s so many fad diets and bad information out there when it comes to losing weight and working out. It drives me crazy. It takes hard work and dedication. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Make changes slowly so they’ll stick.

What is your #1 tip for healthy living? Healthy living is about making the best decisions I can in the moment. That means making good decisions about the food I eat 80% of the time, and letting myself enjoy special meals with family and friends with less than healthy food or alcohol 20% of the time. Nothing is off limits for me. I make the decision to workout when I have it scheduled, but also allow myself the flexibility to listen to my body and take it easy if I’m not feeling 100%. I see myself living like this long term, so I have to feel like my lifestyle is sustainable for the long haul.

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Anything else you wish to share: First off, I want to thank Tina for giving me an opportunity to share a little bit about myself. I’ve found a few great bloggers through this feature. It’s always fun to "meet" new people. I’d love to hear from you. Leave me a comment, email me ([email protected]), or tweet me (twitter.com/Fiona4343). 

Thanks, Fiona! Isn’t she inspiring! Love her perspective on so many things. Now you tell us…are you passionate about similar things as Fiona? Dispelling myths? Facing fears? Being positive?

{ 8 comments }

1 Meghan @ After the Ivy League May 16, 2013 at 7:38 am

I 100% agree with your approach to healthy living! It’s not something that you’ll be doing for 6 months or so to lose weight, it’s the way you want to actually live your life. That means making healthy decisions most of the time, but allowing yourself to indulge and eat whatever you want sometimes too. Making exercise a priority, but not to the point where you begin to dread it and push yourself to an injury. When you plan to stay healthy your whole life, taking a few days off from running to heal is really no big deal at all.

2 Kim May 16, 2013 at 7:48 am

I love that you (Fiona) are passionate about dispelling myths!! There are way to many “quick fix” plans out there (Pinterest!!).
Tina, I always like these Fit Friends – such a neat way to meet other bloggers (and people who are doing BBB).

3 purelytwins May 16, 2013 at 8:48 am

we try to face our fears but to be honest sometimes we do let our fear take over – we are passionate about being happy about ourselves :)

4 Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers May 16, 2013 at 9:31 am

I totally agree with your #1 tip for healthy living. Such a good one! Congrats on your progress and good luck on your future goals.

5 Amanda @runtothefinish May 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

yeahh this was so fun!! I love meeting people at different points in the healthy living journey because it’s all motivating! Everyone has a different story and different tips that work for them

6 Elle May 16, 2013 at 9:42 am

How fun to get to know you a bit. Love the pic of you and your sweet doggie.. outside is best, I agree!

7 Laura @ Mommy Run Fast May 16, 2013 at 4:21 pm

Such a balanced approach- I love your emphasis on nature over the gym. Glad to meet you!!

8 Coco May 16, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Gosh, if I lived someplace as lovely as that I’d want to be outside too! I like your focus on making the best choice in the moment, even if they are not the absolute best possible choice.

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